Experiences, General, Travel

Holding History: Osaka Castle

Written By: Coco YanceyEdited By: Marrista K. Stubbs I’m a pretty simple gal. Travel and Japanese culture bring pure joy into my life. On our fall trip to Japan last year, I got the chance to join these loves and have a once in a lifetime experience: To hold a traditional and historic Japanese sword.… Continue reading Holding History: Osaka Castle

Experiences, Leisure, Travel

My Japanese Airbnb Experience

Written by: Coco YanceyEdited by: Marrista K. Stubbs For Marrista’s birthday last year, we decided to do an Airbnb experience while in Japan. Airbnb experiences are unique activities hosted by locals only offered through the website. We both wanted to do something affordable, educational, and unique. We ended up searching for the most activity-packed experience… Continue reading My Japanese Airbnb Experience

Leisure, Travel

Top 5 Things I Miss About Japan

Written By: Coco YanceyEdited By: Marrista K. Stubbs Despite everything that’s going on with COVID-19, Marrista and I still have plans to move to Japan later this year. We both miss it and often talk about life in Japan. Having recently returned from a 2 week vacation, the Japanese lifestyle and activities are still fresh… Continue reading Top 5 Things I Miss About Japan


Tips to Remember When Your Passport is Lost

Written and Edited by: Marrista K. Stubbs Hi everyone! Last October/November (2019) Commenna and I took a trip to Osaka, Japan for my birthday. On our return trip home we had a layover in China. This is the story of how a 20-hour layover turned into a week in China. I want to share my… Continue reading Tips to Remember When Your Passport is Lost

Experiences, Leisure, Travel

My First Onsen Experience

Written By: Coco YanceyEdited By: Marrista K. Stubbs At the ripe age of 24, I decided to take a girl's trip to Japan. Marrista and I worked for a cruise ship for 6 months and needed an exciting vacation. This was my first trip out of the country and going to Japan had always been… Continue reading My First Onsen Experience


What’s Happening

A lot... It's finally here! Coco and I have been working on getting this site up so there'd be an easy way to find all things Melanin Squared. Here you can find all of our video content, products (coming soon!), podcast posts (coming soon!), and get in touch. We'll also be blogging about cosplay, products,… Continue reading What’s Happening